May 24, 2024  
2023 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    
2023 Undergraduate Bulletin

PHYS 251 - Fundamentals of Physics I


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A calculus-based study of classical mechanics and thermodynamics. Topics include: Newton’s laws of motion, conservation of energy and momentum, oscillations and mechanical waves, sound, the laws of thermodynamics, temperature measurement, work and heat. Differential and integral calculus is used in conceptual development and problem solving. Intended primarily for engineering and physical science majors. Laboratory work is coordinated with lectures. Laboratory work is coordinated with lectures. Prerequisite(s): MATH 122 . Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Must take MATH 223  prior to or concurrently with this course. Must take PHYS 251L concurrently with this course.